Another Fine Cartoon Larry Harmon’s Gotten Us Into

In my last post, I talked about the “Bozo the Clown” cartoon which Larry Harmon brought to TV and which was based on the live action Bozo the Clown.  This particular cartoon was not the only one with which Harmon had an association.

According to the web site patfullerton.com, “Larry Harmon obtained the rights to the Laurel and Hardy team name in 1960.”  The web site goes on to say that Harmon’s “initial idea was to make Laurel and Hardy film cartoons and sell team-related merchandise.”

Patfullerton.com says that “Harmon brought Laurel & Hardy cartoons to the small screen in 1966.” According to Ron Kurer’s Toon Tracker web site, Harmon obtained approval from this venture from “Stan and Eda Laurel and from Hardy’s widow (Hardy passed away in 1957), Lucille, in 1961.”   Kurer goes on to say that “Harmon’s company began animating ‘The Laurel and Hardy Comedy Show’ around the same time that producer David L. Wolper contracted with Hanna-Barbera to produce another series following Laurel’s death.”  Wolper and Harmon had a legal entanglement over the cartoons, which resulted in a settlement wherein, in Kurer’s words,  “Harmon gave permission to use the characters in exchange for distribution rights.”

According to patfullerton.com,  the legendary comedy team’s “animated likenesses appeared in 156 cartoons.   Larry Harmon himself voiced Stan and Jim MacGeorge provided Oliver’s vocals.”  The characters crossed over into the “hour long ‘The New Scooby Doo Movies’, in the episode entitled ‘The Ghost of Bigfoot.'”

I have attached the Laurel and Hardy cartoon, “Tale of a Sale”, from YouTube.


1 Response to “Another Fine Cartoon Larry Harmon’s Gotten Us Into”

  1. August 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Great post! A book by Larry “Bozo” Harmon just released today actually… “The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales”. Anyone in the Los Angeles area should come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bozo the Clown at the book signing this weekend! http://lcoonline.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/come-celebrate-the-50th-anniversary-of-bozo-the-clown/

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